Yakima's Gang Free Initiative meets with service providers

Yakima's Gang Free Initiative meets with service providers
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima's Gang Free Initiative met service providers Wednesday who help at-risk kids in an effort to form partnerships.

Service providers interested in a partnership were required to attend an orientation with city and GFI leaders.

One provider told KIMA it takes a community effort to prevent gang activity.

"It's got to be together. It's got to start going together, and focusing. I mean everyone has got their own idea of doing things, that's fine...but we all need to get together," said Elizabeth Figuero with Apple Valley Counseling Services.

Providers must meet certain criteria to formally work with the Gang-Free Initiative and must be approved by city council.

The steps are necessary because it involves money from Yakima.